Friday, February 8, 2013

Jesse Jackson Jr., a Chip off of the Old Block..

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
-vs- Tyranny

Former Illinois Representative Jesse Jackson Jr.

It seems the apple never falls far from the tree. Charlatans both...

The Hill - Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D) has signed a plea deal over violations of campaign finance law, according to a report.

The former Illinois congressman agreed to the deal in the last few days, according to NBC News

Under the agreement, Jackson — who resigned from Congress in late 2012 citing health issues — would have to repay the campaign money he spent on furniture and other personal items.

According to NBC News, Jackson spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on items and travel unrelated to campaigning. Using campaign funds for personal use is illegal and punishable by a minimum penalty of five years in prison.

It is unclear how much time in prison Jackson is likely to spend. A federal judge for sentencing has not yet been assigned.

In response to the reported plea agreement, the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released a statement asking whether Jackson held onto his seat to use as a bargaining chip.

"With the writing on the wall well in advance of Election Day, and Rep. Jackson’s resignation just weeks later, it begs the question whether the former congressman held on to his seat to maintain a stronger bargaining position with prosecutors," CREW executive director Melanie Sloan said in a statement on Friday. "The people of Illinois deserve much more from their federally elected officials. While Rep. Jackson will be required to reimburse the government and may face jail time, the disservice to his constituents likely won’t be forgotten any time soon." {Read More}

As bad as some rEpublican lawmakers have been there certainly are big "D" charlatans out there working to scam the public as well, as Jackson Jr. has shown us. As so often happens, as well it should, Mr. Jackson was caught in his own misplaced belief he was beyond scrutiny. A perfect example of the old adage that "power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Via: Memeorandum

1 comment:

  1. Opps. No one wants to touch this one, wouldn't be Politically Correct.


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